The head of the company behind the Oxford Covid vaccine said that the researchers believe that the jab will be effective against the mutant strain of the virus originally discovered in the UK.
Pascal Soriot, CEO of AstraZeneca, told the Sunday Times that more tests are needed to ensure that the vaccine is more effective.
As Spain, Sweden and Canada join the growing list of countries, they have reported more infectious variants. Solot said: “So far, we think the vaccine should still be effective. But we can’t be sure, so we will Test it.”
The government has ordered 100 million doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, and 40 million doses will be available by the end of March.
The Sunday Telegraph reported that the vaccine may be fully promoted from January 4, although a government spokesperson responded that the Drugs and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency must be given some time to work.
The spokesperson said: “The drug regulatory agency is reviewing the final data of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca Phase III clinical trial to determine whether the vaccine meets its strict quality, safety and effectiveness standards.”
“We must now give MHRA time to do its important work, and we must wait for its recommendations.”
Some people worry that Oxford vaccines may not be as good as vaccines that prevent other symptoms, such as other vaccines that Pfizer has already distributed.
Soriot said: “We think we have figured out the magic weapon to win and how to get an effective dose. After two doses, everyone else can use it.
“I can’t tell you more, because we will release it at some point.”
He told the “Sunday Times” that among the figures that have been published, up to 90% of the patients who received the full dose after half a dose had an effectiveness of up to 90%. Say, we think these are positive, standards set by global regulators.”
He continued: “It is certain that people will be a little disappointed.”
“But we didn’t expect such a storm.”
According to reports, AstraZeneca released unexpected results and the temporary suspension of the trial, which aroused the attention of the US Food and Drug Administration, which approved the vaccine.
As more and more European countries begin to implement vaccination programs, Sulot made a comment, Hungary On Saturday, Pfizer and BioNTech vaccinated the staff of the first-line hospital in the capital Budapest.
Countries include France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Portugal with Spain We are planning to start mass vaccination from health workers on Sunday. Outside the EU, the UK, Switzerland and Serbia have already started.
France received its first two doses of vaccine on Saturday, and it will begin to administer it in the Greater Paris region and Burgundy-Franche-Comte region.
Germany said trucks are delivering vaccines to nursing homes for the elderly, which were the first to receive vaccines on Sunday.
ArgentinaAt the same time, after becoming the third country to approve the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, it will start vaccinating citizens on Tuesday.
Argentine President Alberto Fernández and the governor said on Saturday that health workers will receive the vaccine in less than 72 hours. Approximately 300,000 doses of the drug arrived in Argentina on Thursday, and subsequent shipments are expected to take place in early 2021. Russia Sputnik V was approved on Saturday for use by people over 60.
Argentina, the third largest economy in Latin America, has been hit hard by Covid-19 and recorded nearly 1.6 million coronavirus cases and 42,501 deaths due to the disease. Concerns about the second wave are increasing.
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of we The government will require all airline passengers arriving from the UK to test negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of departure on Monday.
As unemployment benefits will expire on Saturday, millions of Americans will continue to block a $900 billion big game by Donald Trump, who plays golf in Florida during Christmas. Popular rescue bill to extend the rescue period.
South Korea After 970 new coronavirus cases were reported on Saturday, stricter restrictions are being considered for the larger Seoul area, bringing the total number of cases nationwide to 56,872 and 808 deaths. This is the smallest daily total in five days, but it is still not far from the record of 1,241 infections recorded on Friday.
France The country’s health minister said on Sunday that if coronavirus cases continue to increase, it will not rule out a third lockdown nationwide.